We see tragedy play in out in forms on an increasing level every day. Here in the US, gun violence is terrorizing the streets at an alarming rate. An increasing amount of deaths due to inaction on political levels that could ease some of this are utterly ignored. In places like Venezuela and Catalan, we see people tiring of their leader’s injustice that plagues the poor. Here is where we search for reason during times of treason.
November marks the time where the northern hemisphere enters its stasis, where roots grow deep, and plants turn to hibernation, retreating inward from a physical death, in order to be reborn later. Like the plant and animal world, we take the same type of path, and enter a spiritual death as we look to the reigning All Father, who sits upon the cosmic throne with the great wise crone. We look to understand what was, as we reflect on our life, and the world that we reside.
Pain and grief tears at us, as we reflect on the souls we lost. Hope finds us amidst this crisis as the light within the darkness finds us once more, as we look back to the good times, in remembrance and awe. But to more, it is grief in the form of the unjust that rules the streets. The gods call to us, from the flames of the hearth, and the crows flying the earth.
Laima – goddess of birth and fertility. She takes care of
women while they are giving birth and determines each person’s and animal’s
fate. Laima always makes sure that her decisions are proceeding exactly as she
chose it to be. She was first imagined as a cuckoo so people believed she is
the ruler of birds and is capable of helping people by calling the birds to lend
a hand when needed. As a cuckoo, the goddess lives in a nine-limbed linden tree
with golden leaves. Women prayed to Laima under lindens and talked to the trees
as if they were people. They prayed for fertility and happiness. Orphan girls
would ask Laima or a linden tree to be a mother to them or begged the goddess
to turn them into lindens too. It is obvious that Laima’s trees are considered
as sacred as the goddess herself thus it is believed that linden bark and twigs
can protect from maladies and evil spirits. People also held rites to Laima at the
end of June during the blossoming period of lindens.
Later the goddess evolved into a half bird, half woman
deity, pictured as a beautiful naked girl with bird legs and wings while her
residence changed into a stone throne. These huge stones can be found in
various places all over the native Baltic lands. Some of them have big
footprints that are naturally claimed to be Laima’s footprints. Infertile women
would come to scoop some rain water from them and drink it with hopes to gain
fertility and generally people held rites on these thrones.
It is believed that she can also control darkness and
light, solar and lunar eclipses, comets and other cosmic phenomena as another
throne of Laima is seated in the sky where she controls not just human and
animal destinies but the lives of other deities too, mostly the ones’ related
to sky. This is also where she gains another animal relation; according to the
legend, if a person asks for Laima’s help, she drops her glove from the sky
which, thrown into fire, turns into a cat and helps the person. Even though the
goddess takes care of birth and fertility, she has no children and no husband
Laimė (lit. luck) or Dalia (lit. destiny) – goddess of
luck and Laima’s helper. People pray to her asking for health, happiness, safe
trips and similar things. Laimė is pictured as waterfowl, most often as a swan
or a duck. Some myths portray her as a triple deity (e.g. three swans). Similar
portrayals appear in Laima’s discriptions too (e.g. three goddesses laimos).